Puel delighted with Saints’ late show

LONDON — Southampton manager Claude Puel hailed his side for a sublime second half in their comfortable 3-0 win away to West Ham on Sunday.

Charlie Austin gave the Saints the lead in the 40th minute at London Stadium with the game’s first shot on target, before Dusan Tadic and James Ward-Prowse sealed their second Premier League win in a row after the break.

Puel was unhappy with the way his players utilised possession against a defensive West Ham side in the first half, but commended the way in which they improved after taking the lead.

“Our first half was very difficult, it wasn’t good for us,” he told Sky Sports.

“It was important to correct this. You can see a good team in the second half, many chances. It was a game of two faces.

“We lost the ball (in the first half), we were not patient and it was difficult to put the ball on the ground. We didn’t respect our game.

“It was very interesting to see the correction from my players. I’m very happy for them.

“The second goal was fantastic but we had many, many chances. It’s always dangerous if the second doesn’t come, and the third was a real pleasure.

“I like my players to have good concentration. We have to improve and to correct things, and it’s important to keep working. We play many games and all the squad participate very well.”

Austin insists his side were worthy winners.

“To get a goal just before halftime always helps,” he told reporters. We deserved the lead for sure.

“When you keep winning you just want the games to keep coming. We had a slow start but now we have the ball rolling.”

On his run of form in front of goal, Austin said: “If you ask any striker, when you’re on a hot streak you just want the games to keep coming and to keep putting the ball in the net and it keeps happening.

“When you’re playing with players like Dusan and the rest of the lads the chances come and for a centre forward it’s a dream.” — Agencies

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